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Spring brings success for Chico State athletics

Wildcats third baseman Cameron Santos rounds second base in a matchup against Fresno Pacific. Photo credit: Martin Chang

The 2018 Spring semester is coming to a close at Chico State and it’s time to reflect on what happened during the season.


The Chico State baseball team finished there 2018 season with an overall record of 31-22. The Wildcats played their best at home with an 18-10 record at Nettleton Stadium while only 12-10 on the road and 1-2 at neutral sites.

The baseball season is not over yet as the Wildcats will play in the West Regional on May 17-22 hosted by Azusa Pacific.


The Chico State softball team is having a successful season with a record of 53-3 and is continuing play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Super Regional against Dixie State on May 17 and 18 in St. George, Utah.

The Wildcats welcome Karli Skowrup home following one of her two home runs on the weekend. Photo Courtesy: Janna Weiss Photography

The softball team had recently won the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship and the NCAA Championship West Regional. The Wildcats are currently on a 28-game win streak.

Men’s Golf:

The men’s golf team participated in 11 tournaments on the season. This included three first-place finishes, the most important being the CCAA championship. Chico State had nine top-five finishes.

The Chico State men's golf team celebrates their CCAA championship at Butte Creek Country while posing with their trophy. Photo credit: Andrew Baumgartner

Chico State finished tied for seventh in the NCAA South Central/West Regional. The team needed a top-five finish to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Golf:

For the women’s golf team it was a rough season as the team had only two top-five finishes. One of those top five finishes came in the CCAA Championships where they finished fifth.

The Wildcats had no seniors on the team, but that will change next year when the three juniors become seniors.

Men’s Track and Field:

The Chico State men’s track and field team have put together a solid season while being ranked 13th in the nation. Chico State has plenty of standout athletes including Tyler Arroyo and Kyle Medina who produced NCAA automatic marks.

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Kyle Medina ran the fastest time in Division II since 2015 for the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Photo credit: Martin Chang

Chico State won the CCAA Championships and will send a handful of athletes to the NCAA Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 24-26.

Women’s Track and Field:

While the men saw more success, the women have also produced a stellar season, by being ranked 23rd in the nation. Chico State came in third in the CCAA championships.

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Adelae Freeden participates in the 110m hurdles at Chico State. Photo credit: Kailah Cabiles

Like the men, the women will also send a handful of athletes to the NCAA championships, this includes athletes such as Hannah Dorman and Alex Burkhart.

Men’s Basketball:

The men’s basketball team finished the season with a 20-8 record. The Wildcats were able to win one game in the CCAA tournament before being beaten by UC San Diego. The team’s season ended in that final game.

Women’s Basketball:

Women’s basketball finished the season with a 17-11 record. The team dealt with injury issues throughout the season. The women experienced the same fate as the men, a loss to UC San Diego in the CCAA tournament, ultimately ending their season.

The Spring 2018 semester is over, but some sports remain in action. It was a positive season for Chico State Athletics that hopefully will boil over to the fall semester.

Andrew Baumgartner can be reached at [email protected] or @abaum94 on Twitter.

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